winter home of golf legend Arnold Palmer, the Bay Hill Club & Lodge is
renowned for its championship golf course, site of the PGA Tour’s Bay Hill
The property, which is open only to lodge guests and club
members, features 65 rooms, suites and guest cottages; a health spa, salon and
fitness center; two dining room, a café and lounge; six tennis courts; a junior
Olympic-size swimming pool; the Arnold Palmer Golf Academy; 9,000 square feet
of meeting and banquet space; and 27 holes of golf on the Challenger, Champion
and Charger links.
Bay Hill Club and Lodge features 70 standard guest rooms,
six one-bedroom suites, seven two-bedroom cottages and one three-bedroom guest
house. All of the rooms are non-smoking
and many offer golf course views. Standard
guest rooms are furnished with two full-size beds, suites offer either a
king-size bed or two queen-size beds, and cottages have one king-size bed and
two queen-size beds. The guest house is
furnished with one king-size bed, two queen-size beds and two twin beds. All rooms are equipped with a TV and
VCR. Amenities include a daily
newspaper, buffet breakfast and evening turndown service.
The Bay Hill Club and Lodge is a popular venue for corporate
board meetings, incentive groups, seminars, conferences, dinners, luncheons and
receptions. The club offers 9,000 square
feet of meeting space, three executive boardrooms seating 6 to 12 persons,
three meeting rooms with a seating capacity of 20 to 50 people, a hospitality
room and banquet facilities accommodating 250 people (500 for receptions). There also is an outdoor patio, café and
pool-view room, all of which can be used for meeting and banquet functions.
Meeting rooms are equipped with easels, flipcharts,
high-density overhead projectors and screens, TVs, VCRs, slide projectors,
podiums, and microphones. Additional
audio-visual equipment is available upon request.
The Bay Hill Club & Lodge features a full-service spa
with hydrotherapy, aromatherapy, and massage therapy treatments; separate men’s
and women’s saunas, whirlpools and steamrooms; and a professional salon. There also is an exercise and aerobics center
staffed by personal trainers, six lighted tennis courts (four HAR-TRU and two
DecoTurf), a junior-Olympic swimming pool, and a private marina with access to
the Butler Chain of Lakes. Also located
on site is the world-renowned Arnold
Academy, which offers
individual and group lessons.
The Bay Hill Club & Lodge features 27 holes of golf,
including the 18-hole championship track featured each spring during the annual
Bay Hill Invitational tournament, a nationally televised event that reaches
millions of golf fans.
The course was originally designed by Dick Wilson and Joe
Lee in 1961 and officially redesigned by Arnold Palmer in 1980. Long recognized as the best track in Central Florida and one of the best in the state, the
course challenges top-caliber golfers with four sets of tees that stretch it
from 5,235 to 7,207 yards.
Bay Hill’s quartet of par-3’s are among the toughest on the
Tour. And the 18th hole is
regularly ranked as the most difficult hole the PGA TOUR® plays.
In addition to the championship course, there is a third
nine, nicknamed the Charger nine, which plays from between 2,905 and 3,409
yards and is more wide open than the championship course, with larger greens
and less greenside bunkering. Caddies
are available year-round, but a forecaddie is mandatory for groups of three or
Other golf course facts:
names: Champion, Challenger and
Charger (the first two comprise the Bay Hill Invitational track)
- Greens: TifEagle hybrid Bermuda
of play: 4 hours and 10 minutes
distinctive course feature:
“Devil’s Bathtub” on No. 18
Hole: No. 18
chance for birdie: No. 16
FOOD AND BEVERAGE
The Bay Hill Club & Lodge is known for its fine food and
creative, service-oriented culinary staff.
The club features three dining venues – the Classic Room, the Grill Room
and the Terrace Café – along with the Members Lounge, with its wingback chairs,
pedestal cherry tables, and massive rock fireplace and hearth.
For dinner, the Classic and Grill Rooms (in the evening, a
sliding wall divider separates the two rooms) offer a wide assortment of
continental cuisine, including steak, pasta, veal, seafood, and chicken dishes,
along with assorted soups and salads.
The luncheon menu features a selection of soups, salads, grilled
sandwiches, and pastas. In the morning,
guests can enjoy a continental breakfast, full breakfast menu, or breakfast
buffet from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Located next to the pool and spa, the Terrace Café offers a
selection of soups, sandwiches, burgers, pizza, yogurt, fruits, ice cream bars,
milkshakes, tea, coffee and other beverages.
For special banquets and dinner parties, award-winning
Executive Chef Robert Lee and his catering staff are prepared to accommodate a
variety of personal tastes and budgets.
Groups also can choose from the catering department’s extensive list of
breakfast, lunch, dinner, buffet, and specialty-dessert menus.